So, how are Donald Trump’s fans taking the latest revelations about his long history of alleged sexual abuse?
If you’ve been following them for a while, you can probably guess: They’re lashing out at the media and concocting wild conspiracy theories intended to debunk the assorted bombshells that have been blowing up around their favorite candidate.
The most ridiculous conspiracy theory revolves around armrests on airplanes. Yes, really.
Here’s the argument: One of Donald Trump’s accusers told the New York Times this week while sitting next to Trump in the first-class cabin during an airplane flight, Trump lifted up the armrest in between them and started groping her.
Trump fans have taken to the internet to point out that some airplane armrests in the 1970s didn’t have retractable armrests, which must prove that Trump’s accuser made up the entire story.
Of course, even if the accuser was wrong about Trump lifting up an armrest, it would not disprove her claim. And CNN’s aviation editor Jon Ostrower points out that first-class cabin seats for Braniff, National and TWA in the 1970s and 1980s both featured retractable armrests:
So far, I’ve found photos of armrests stowing on 70s-80s vintage Braniff, National and TWA first class cabins. pic.twitter.com/UDuFpbNrsL
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) October 13, 2016
Nonetheless, Trump supporters have latched onto Armrest Truth as the ultimate debunking of a conspiracy to bring down Trump’s candidacy. Some highlights follow below.
Hum planes didn't have removable arm rest back INTHE days , trump had his own plane never commercial airlines. Bad bad media pic.twitter.com/PIISfCNSzi
— Angel_TRUMP2020 (@Angelheyes53) October 13, 2016
— gentry lee burke (@GentryLeeBurke) October 13, 2016
@realDonaldTrump just saw a readit post saying the armrest in first class does not move. Could be helpful debunking rape allegation.👍
— Dave (@rocker_2000) October 13, 2016
SOMEHOW .. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER … ARMREST BETWEEN THE SEATS DISAPPEARED .. JUST THINK ABOUT THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS? .. NOT THERE
— Canucks For Trump (@Canucks4Trump1) October 13, 2016
please note that the armrest in 1st class have never gone up & down, not then, not now, She's a liar
— J-Me Q (@tymadisonmom) October 13, 2016